Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 10

The Defector (1 Jan. 1990)

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When a Romulan officer defects to the Federation with a warning of a impending invasion, Capt. Picard struggles to decide if he is to be believed.

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Data was discovering the human condition by Shakespearian acting, when Picard gets informed a craft entered the Neutral Zone. It's identified as a Romulan scout, which claims to need urgently asylum from a persecutor. The wounded Setol gets it, and warns the Romulans nearly finished building a base on a planet in the Neutral Zone, in order to occupy it and from there strike 15 neighboring Federation zones with a fleet of war birds, which would mean another full war, but still remains rather defensive, at times hostile. Commander Riker and counselor Troi are charged with questioning him further, in case it's a ploy to lure them into the zone as a war pretext. The admiralty refuses the Empire's demand to return the defector, and orders Picard to find out if the threat is real. After technological means came to contradictory conclusions, Setol discloses his real identity, and that's not the last surprising twist... Written by KGF Vissers

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Episode begins with Data rehearsing a scene from William Shakespeare's Henry V, while being watched by Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart. In the play scene the part of Williams (being acted by a holodeck construct) is also played by Patrick Stewart under heavy makeup. It is notable that only Bates, the one other character in the scene, is credited at the end of the episode. See more »

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In Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Enemy, the Enterprise had a visual conversation with a Romulan ship that was over "6 hours away" from the Enterprise. But in the beginning of this episode Lt. Worf states that the scout ship is too far out of range for a visual conversation, even though within a few moments the ship is within visual range and even able to put their shields around it. See more »

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Lt. Commander Data: I am told by various crew members that this viewport is their favorite on the ship.
Admiral Jarok: [as Setal] Hm... I thought it would bring me some comfort. But these are not my stars. Even the heavens are denied me here.
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One of Katsulas' finest moments....
16 February 2006 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Worth it for not only James Sloyan's incredible work as the title character, and the performances by the series regulars which met all their usual standards and then some, but for the incredible delivery of one of the best "promos" ever in Star Trek history by Andreas Katsulas on Picard and the Enterprise near the end. Just awesome, awesome, awesome... truly the crescendo of the episode. Watching Sloyan, Katsulas and Stewart in that scene is incredible. When I heard today that Mr. Katsulas had passed on, it was one of the first memories of his performances that came to mind. Cool, perfect, and utterly gripping.


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